Add Language Interface Packs to Windows

Language Interface Packs (LIPs) include Windows user interface text for a region. LIPs must be used with a valid parent language.

For example, the Catalan (ca-ES) LIP can be installed only if one of the following languages is already installed: English US (en-US), Great Britain (en-GB), Spanish (es-ES), or French (fr-FR).

To add a LIP to an offline Windows image, you must verify that the supported parent language pack is installed to the Windows image first.

For a list of the LIPs and their parent languages, see Available Language Packs for Windows.

The version of the LIP must match the version of Windows. For example, you can't add a Windows 10 LIP to a Windows 8 image, or a Windows 8 LIP to a Windows 10 image.

For Windows 10, language packs and LIPs are also available to download from Windows Update. You can add additional languages by using Control Panel. This process requires internet access and access to Windows Update. IT Professionals and end-users can use Windows Update to add additional languages to their Windows installations.

  • OEMs can view and download LIPs from the Microsoft OEM site.
  • System Builders can view and download LIPs from the OEM Partner Center.
  • Users can get languages or LIPs from Windows Update. Go to Settings > Time & language > Region & language > Add a language. Select the language you want to use from the list, then choose which region's version you want to use. Your download will begin immediately.

Install LIPs

To install a LIP using audit mode (used for manufacturing PCs)

  1. Download the appropriate LIP (and if necessary, its base language), and save it to removable media.
  2. Boot the destination computer to audit mode. For example at the OOBE screen, press Ctrl+Shift+F3. To learn more, see Boot Windows to Audit Mode or OOBE.
  3. Insert the removable media and copy the LIP (and base language, if necessary) to the destination computer.
  4. If the base language isn't already installed, install it: Navigate to the .cab file and double-click it. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.
  5. Install the LIP: Navigate to the .cab file and double-click it. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.
  6. Exit audit mode and prepare the PC for image capture or deployment, for example:

    Open a command prompt and run:

    sysprep /oobe /generalize

    To learn more, see Sysprep (Generalize) a Windows installation.

To install a LIP to an offline Windows image

  1. Download the appropriate LIP (and if necessary, its base language).
  2. Open a command prompt with elevated permissions.
  3. Mount the Windows image that you want to install the LIP to.

    md "C:\mount\windows"
    Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\images\Win10\sources\install.wim /Index:1 /MountDir:"C:\mount\windows"
  4. If the base LP isn't in the image already, add it.

    Dism /Image:C:\mount\windows /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Languages\x64\langpacks\
  5. Add the LIP.

    Dism /Image:C:\mount\windows /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Languages\x64\langpacks\
  6. If you're creating Windows Setup media or using a distribution share, recreate the lang.ini file.

    Dism /Image:C:\mount\windows /Gen-LangIni /Distribution:C:\images\Win10\

    The lang.ini file in C:\images\Win10\sources should look similar to the following:

    [Available UI Languages]
    ca-ES = 2
    es-ES = 3
    [Fallback Languages]
    es-ES = en-us
  7. Optional: Change the default language, locale, and other international settings to the local language.

    Dism /image:C:\mount\windows /set-allIntl:ca-es

    Optional: Review the default international settings.

    Dism /image:C:\mount\windows /get-intl

    For example, you should see output similar to the following:

    Reporting offline international settings.
    Default system UI language : es-ES
    System locale : ca-ES
    Default time zone : Romance Standard Time
    User locale for default user : ca-ES
    Location : Spain (GEOID = 217)
    Active keyboard(s) : 0403:0000040a
    Keyboard layered driver : PC/AT Enhanced Keyboard (101/102-Key)
    Installed language(s): ca-ES
      Type : Partially localized language, LIP type.
    Installed language(s): es-ES
      Type : Fully localized language.
    Reporting distribution languages.
    The default language in the distribution is:
  8. Unmount the image, committing the changes.

    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:\mount\windows /Commit

    Your Windows image is ready to be deployed.

Related topics

Add Language Packs to Windows

Available Language Packs for Windows

Language Pack Default Values